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Aggies go head-to-head in intersquad meet

Carlos Herrera
NMSU women’s swim and dive team diving for the 100-yard fly event. Sept. 27, 2023

New Mexico State’s swim and dive team made its first splash at the intersquad meet between Team Crimson and Team White. After stellar perforamces from both teams, Team Crimson prevailed 55-49.  

Fifth-year Italia Aranzabal led off the meet with the one-meter dive for Team White and earned seven points to give her team the early lead over Team Crimson’s senior Casey Schmidt and freshman Mira Tinani. 

Riding their momentum, Team White’s 200-medley relay team of freshmen Emily Dobbins and Foteini Charitou and sophomores Kira Brownell and Faye McDonagh to stay in the lead. Team White continued to dominate in the next two events after sophomore Naomi took the 500-free and Dobbins splashed through the 100-freestyle.  

In event five, Team Crimson turned the tides with their first win of the meet. Freshman Riley Crespo clinched the 200 IM while senior Lindsay Puhalski led in the 100-yard fly. In the 3-meter dive Tinani carried the crimson torch and brought in their third straight win.  

With Team Crimson trailing by one point, sophomore Katie Rink shot her team into the lead after the 50-free. Team White retaliated and dominated in both the 100-meter backstroke and 200-yard freestyle thanks to backstroker from down under Dobbins and Canadian powerhouse Slee. 

NMSU’s swim and dive team cheering each other on during the 400-free relay. Sept. 27, 2023. (Carlos Herrera )

Going into the final event, Team Crimson was trailing by one point but that was the fuel swimmers Rink, freshman Callie Ceshker, sophomore Dreamer Kowatch and junior Elizabeth Cervantes-Vanderlugt needed to secure the win. The final scores put Team Crimson on top with 55 points and Team White trailing right behind with 49 points. 

Following the match, head coach Rick Pratt was excited about the team’s performance and the start for the rest of the season. 

“Today was a lot of fun, and for it being very early, we had some exceptional swims,” Pratt said. “The goal was to have fun and really focus on our energy and spirit, and on that we were awesome. The meet only last 45 minutes and for many they were pretty fried by the third event, but that is part of the process and will improve now that we’re upping our training levels. I am really excited about this group and how much energy, focus and fun they’re bringing to the deck each day.” 

The Aggies now look forward to their first Western Athletic Conference match as they host Northern Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the NM State Swimming and Diving Complex. Coverage is being presented by the WAC streaming services.  

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Reed Black
Reed Black, Staff Writer
Reed Black is entering his first year at The Round Up as a staff writer and sports intern. This is his first year writing for a publication of any kind. He is currently a junior at New Mexico State University studying journalism and water and soil sciences. He’s from Los Alamos, New Mexico, and graduated from Los Alamos High School. Since graduating he has lived in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Alnwick, England, and Portales, New Mexico. In his free time, he enjoys spending time reading and catching up on Grey’s Anatomy. He also has a passion for films so you can always find him watching movies with his roommates.
Carlos Herrera
Carlos Herrera, Multimedia Specialist
Carlos Herrera is entering his second year at The Round Up as a Multimedia Specialist. He is currently a senior in his undergraduate degree in Information Communication Technology. Carlos is looking forward to this year in expanding his love for graphic design and perfecting his photography while capturing "those big Aggie moments". He enjoys being active in everything he does, and also enjoys spending time with those important to him in his downtime.

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